Releasing Your Angels
to Work for You
By Tom Brown
Buntain was a missionary in India. He built an orphanage, church and needed
hospital in Calcutta. But tragedy struck the region. Torrents of rain came down,
forcing the government to evacuate much of the city. Mark reluctantly boarded
the evacuation plane.
Questions whirled through his
mind, "Will this flood wipe out all of his work for the
poor?" He felt dejected. He did the only thing he knew to
do--which was to pray. A man sat next to him in the plane, and
began to encourage Mark. He told him that everything was going to
be all right. He even outlined several steps that Mark could
implement that would make his ministry even more effective. After
talking with this man, Mark was greatly encouraged.
The stewardess came by and
asked Mark what he would like to drink. Mark gave his order and
then turned to see what the man would order, but to his
amazement, the man was gone. He vanished! Mark searched all over
the small plane looking for the man, but he was not in there.
Mark realized he had been visited by an angel.
There are so many different
ideas people have about angels, but the only authoritative guide
we have in understanding angels is the Bible, God's Word. Some
think that angels are little, chubby babies flying around holding
a little toy disguised as a bow and arrow. But the Bible
describes angels as great, big warriors that are here to guide,
protect and deliver us. Some also think that angels are people
who have died. But the Bible makes a clear distinction between
saints and angels. Angels are a different class of beings than
What are angels? Hebrews
chapter 1 verse 14 tells us: "Are not all angels ministering
spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"
Three important facts about angels are mentioned in this verse.
Number one, angels are spirits, therefore they are not usually
seen. Just because you don't see an angel does not mean one is
not there. The second fact reveals that the duty of angels is to
minister and serve humans. Humans do not serve angels, angels
serve humans. And the third truth about angels is that their
ministry is limited primarily to those who are or will be saved.
They are not required to serve the unsaved; though, because of
God's mercy to all, they do help nearly everyone. Only heaven
will tell how often angels have helped us.
ANGELS UNDER THE
Hebrews 8:6 says that we have a
better covenant based on better promises than people had under
the Old Covenant. This is true concerning the ministry of angels.
Under the Old Covenant, the
saints did not have authority over the angels, therefore they had
to wait on them for help. Today, angels wait on us because now we
can use the name of Jesus, which is a greater name than angels,
to dispatch angels to do their work. Prior to the cross, the
scriptures taught that Jesus was "made a little lower than
the angels." But the scriptures teach that now he is
"crowned with glory and honor" so that angels submit to
Him and His name (see Hebrews 2:9, 1 Peter 3:22 and Philippians
1 Corinthians 6:3 says that we
will judge angels. The judge is always greater than those who are
judged. The scriptures inform us that believers have authority to
dispatch angels to minister on their behalf.
Have you been dispatching your
angels? Or have they been sitting idle waiting for you to put
them to work?
In Matthew 18:18, Jesus gave
the Church the keys of the kingdom of heaven. He said,
"Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and
whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Most
of us have heard this scripture used to "bind" the
devil and demons. And the Bible does tell us that we can
"bind the strong man", and that a mighty angel will
"bind the devil for a thousand years". The word
"bind" is a term to describe our power to "tie
However, Jesus also said that
we have the power to "loose". And what do we loose?
Certainly, not Satan. Then who? Angels of course. A voice said,
"Loose the four angels which are bound...And the four angels
were loosed" (Revelation 9:14-15 KJV). You can readily see
that angels are meant to be loosed. And who has the power to
loose angels? Jesus said that we do. We have the keys of the
You might ask the question,
"How do we loose angels?"
I think it would help us to
answer this question by going to Psalm 103 and reading verse 20.
It says, "Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in
strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the VOICE of
his word." (KJV)
Notice that angels
hearken--listen and act upon--the VOICE of God's Word. We know
that the Bible is God's Word. But angels don't hearken just to
God's Word, but they hearken to the voice of His Word. Try this
profound experiment: Take your Bible and place it next to your
ear. Stop! Listen! What do you hear? NOTHING! Why? Because the
Bible does not have a voice unless we give it a voice.
In other words, angels act on
God's Word that we speak out of our mouths. They listen to us
speaking God's Word. And when we speak God's Word, angels rush to
perform it in our lives.
Can you see how we have
hindered angels in performing their duties for us? We bind angels
when we speak contrary to God's Word, and say things such as
"Nothing ever works out for me." "If I didn't have
bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all." "I'm so
clumsy." "I live by Murphy's Law." "I can't
seem to get out of debt."
ANGELS LISTEN TO
Jesus said, "Whoever shall
confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess
before the angels of God" (Luke 12:8, KJV). Jesus declares
to the angels what we declare. When we confessed that Jesus was
our Lord, Jesus confessed to the angels that He was our Lord.
Angels are aware of what we confess here on earth. Jesus echo's
our words to the angels, and depending on what we say, they bring
to pass our words.
There's an interesting story in
the Bible which illustrates this truth. You know the story. Jesus
was tempted by the devil for forty days, and while being tempted
Jesus did only one thing: He spoke the Word of God. He kept
saying, "It is written...It is written...It is
written." After Jesus kept quoting God's Word, the Bible
says, "Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended
him" (Matthew 4:11). Do you suppose the reason why the
angels came to Jesus was because He kept speaking God's Word? I
think so! Angels hearken unto the voice of God's Word. Jesus gave
voice to the Word, and angels came to minister to Him. Angels
will do the same for you if you will do what Jesus did--and that
is speak God's Word!
MAKE GOD YOUR
One of the believers favorite
Psalm says, "If you make the Most High your dwelling--even
the Lord, who is my refuge--then no harm will befall you, no
disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels
concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you
up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against
a stone" (91:9-12).
God promises complete
protection for the person who makes the Most High his dwelling.
The secret to tapping into the power of this Psalm is to make the
Most High your dwelling. That is the key. God promises
protection, so long as you make the Most High your dwelling.
So how do you make God your
dwelling? The answer is at the beginning of this Psalm. It says,
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in
the shadow of the Almighty. I WILL SAY OF THE LORD, `He is my
refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" You make
the Most High your dwelling the same way that David did--by
SAYING OF THE LORD that He is your dwelling! Your confession that
He is your refuge and fortress is what makes God become your
refuge and fortress.
And what does God do when you
confess that He is your refuge and fortress? He commands His
angels to guard you in all your ways so that no harm befalls you
nor any disaster overtake you. Angels work for you because you
confess who God is to you and what He will do for you.
This is what Shadrach, Meshach
and Abednego did before they were thrown into the fiery furnace.
They boldly declared, "The God we serve is able to deliver
us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of
your hand, O King!" They stood their ground in faith. And
what was the outcome? God sent an angel to keep them from
burning. The angel heard God's Word coming from the lips of these
courageous saints--and he harkened unto their words.
There is one final scripture
that I want to show you that will prove that angels are greatly
affected by our words. It is Psalm 34:7: "The angel of the
Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers
them." The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear God,
not who fear tragedy.
And what does it mean to fear
God? Verse 11 and 12 begins by telling us, "Come, my
children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good
days." Angels definitely are involved in prolonging our
lives and making our days good. But what is the fear of the Lord?
The next verse says that if you want many good days, then
"keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking
The fear of the Lord is
manifested in restraining the tongue. If you fear God, then you
will speak the truth. And what is truth? Jesus said, "Thy
word is truth!" God's Word is the highest form of truth in
By speaking God's Word, you are
keeping your tongue from evil and from speaking lies. And when
you do, the angel of the Lord will encamp around you to deliver
you in times of trouble. This angel will do this because you show
the fear of the Lord by speaking His Word!
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